MANHATTAN, Kan. —(AP) CIA Director Michael Hayden said Wednesday that Iranian policy, at the highest government level, is to help kill Americans in Iraq, the boldest pronouncement of Iranian involvement by a U.S. official to date.

Hayden made the statement in response to a student question while delivering the Landon Lecture at Kansas State University.

“It is my opinion, it is the policy of the Iranian government, approved to highest level of that government, to facilitate the killing of Americans in Iraq,” Hayden said. “Just make sure there’s clarity on that.”

In recent weeks, U.S. officials have ratcheted up their complaints that Iran is increasing its efforts to supply weapons and training to militants in Iraq.

This of course should be news to… well… nobody. We’ve always known Iran was at or near the root of the problems. I said at the time of our original invasion of Iraq, that Iraq was a first logical step in eliminating Iran as a terrorism source, and that the latter would be impossible without the former.

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